The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has received an N500 million grant from the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) for the funding of some selected projects.
The letter of the grant was handed over on Wednesday in Abuja to the
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the anti-narcotics agency, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd) by the MD/CEO of ASR Africa, Ubon Udoh.
Marwa used the opportunity to commend the Chairman of Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa), Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu for his philanthropy and support for humanity.
The grant was given to the NDLEA in recognition of the many successes it has recorded nationally and internationally in the fight against illicit substance abuse and trafficking in Nigeria, it came under the ASR Africa Security Sector Support Scheme, an intervention initiative targeted at sustainably impactful interventions in security and social development in Africa.
In his remarks at the brief ceremony, Marwa described Alhaji Rabiu as a patriot, philanthropist, and foremost industrialist who has human interest at heart. He recounted the pivotal role the Chairman of BUA Group played in 2019/2020 along with his colleagues in the business sector to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The NDLEA boss stated that the drug scourge is not what only the government and the agency can fight alone, adding that there is an urgent need for all stakeholders to rise like the ASR Africa to support the nation’s War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, initiative, which encourages all citizens, both corporate and individual, to be stakeholders.
Marwa said: “By acknowledging the existence of the drug scourge, ASR Africa has positioned itself as an important stakeholder towards eradicating the menace in Nigeria”, adding that the grant will be used towards sustainable and impactful projects relevant to the current reality of the drug problem in the country.
Speaking earlier, the CEO of ASR Africa said the grant is part of efforts of the Chairman of BUA Group to give back to the African continent and make a lasting impact in peace and security, as a means of uplifting and restoring the dignity and lives of Africans.
He said: “Your selection is in recognition of the many successes you have recorded nationally and internationally, the high quality of service delivered by your agency, and the excellence of your men and women to the service of the nation.”